Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Walk: Woodplumpton & Catforth
Start Point: The Wheatsheaf, Woodplumpton Grid Reference: SD 499 344
Distance: 5.6 miles Ascent: 160 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Warm and sunny with blue skies
Comments: On this late summers day twenty nine persons enjoyed a pleasant walk in the Woodplumpton and Catforth area.  At the start of the walk the group passed through St Anne’s Churchyard in Woodplumpton, where the alleged witch,  Meg Shelton is buried.  Rumour has it that Meg kept digging herself to the surface and so to avoid this she was buried face down, or headfirst in a tube, (depending on which story you wish to believe).  A huge rock was then placed on top to make her escape more difficult.  From the church yard the group headed for Blackleach and Catforth before returning Woodplumpton via Whinnyfield  Bridge.  The route had to be extended a little because Footpath No 33 in Catforth was obstructed by a field of six feet high Maize.  The weather was very kind and “The Wheatsheaf” staff were well organised in serving the excellent food.

St Anne's Church, Woodplumpton

Leaving the Wheatsheaf at the start of the walk

The site of Meg Shelton's grave - alleged witch - in St Anne's graveyard

The Lancaster Canal at Blackleach, Catforth

Approaching Roots Farm

The leaning gate of Catforth

A bit of colour in Catforth

On an alternative route because a maize crop obstructed Path 33

Some of the twenty-nine walkers

Re-grouping, and a little posing at a bridge crossing

Catching the sun

A field away from Whinnyfield Bridge, Lancaster Canal

Two young ladies discussing the weather

Only another half mile to lunch

Cutting grass for winter feed

The rear of St Anne's Church, Woodplumpton

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